To display non-Unicode programs in their native language

You must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group in order to complete this procedure. If your computer is connected to a network, network policy settings may also prevent you from completing this procedure.


Open Regional and Language Options in Control Panel.


On the Advanced tab, under Language for non-Unicode programs, click the language version of non-Unicode programs that will be used.


To open Regional and Language Options, click Start, click Control Panel, click Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options, and then click Regional and Language Options

This setting enables programs that do not support Unicode to display menus and dialog boxes in their native language by installing the necessary code pages and fonts. However, programs designed for other languages may not display text correctly.

Only non-Unicode programs are affected by this setting. The language you select for this option does not change the menus and dialog boxes of Windows or other Unicode programs.

Related Topics

Unicode(R)control characters

Change the language used for menus and dialog boxes

Install or remove code page conversion tables

Regional and Language Options overview

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